If you're like most Americans, today is likely fraught with a bit of guilt. Not so much for the turkeys who didn't make it, but for the sheer gluttony that the day represents. Regardless of your morning-after remorse, your situation could have been far, far worse.
Take Belgian solo ocean racer Christophe Bullens (49), whose yacht Five Oceans of Smiles Too, was flooded with several tons of water after a part on his generator broke; upon waking, Bullens encountered the smell of fuel and water up to his knees in his engine compartment.
After hours of bailing and cleaning up water and spilled trash, Bullens' troubles compounded when a fitting on his foresail broke and his food store was flooded (separate incidents). 'I went to make some dinner, opened the food compartment, and to my horror it was flooded,' reported Bullens. 'Luckily the freeze dried food is packaged separately and is still dry. Everything else is soaked. No more little biscuits or long-life bread. Thankfully I have less than two weeks left at sea.' (As you pilfer Thanksgiving leftovers, raise a forkful or six in Bullens' honor.)
To make matters even worse for poor Bullens, his Five Oceans of Smiles Too is the only Eco 60 yacht from the Velux 5 Oceans Race not at the dock in Cape Town. In fact, Bullens still has some 2,000 miles left to sail, meaning that he will also be looking at a compressed stopover before the December 12 start of leg two, which will bring the fleet to Wellington, New Zealand.
Meanwhile, in the semifinals of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai, BMW/Oracle Racing has chosen to meet the combined French/German All4One team today, a privilege they earned after winning the first round robin. 'It's never an easy choice, but we chose All4One simply for the fact that we won the round robin and they finished fourth,' said BMW/Oracle skipper James Spithill. (N.B., BMW/Oracle Racing went 2-1 versus All4One in the round robin.)
The winner of the semifinals will go on to the finals, which will be raced on Saturday. Be sure to check out the video footage of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai in this issue, and stay tuned for more news on this Grand Prix-level match-racing event.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt,Sail-World USA Editor
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